Messengers of Hope Newsletter – October 2017

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October 2017

Mass Schedule

 Come join us for 8 a.m. Mass each week.

 Tuesday-Grades 1-4

Wednesday-Grades 5-8

Thursday-Grades K-8

10/3   3B

10/4   7B

10/5   5

10/10   2O

10/11   7K

10/12   No Mass

10/17   2M

10/18   8K

10/19   5P Baptism

10/24   2G

10/25   8S

10/26   6D

10/31   1M

 

Join us on October 19th  as we celebrate October Baptismal Birthdays.

 

Please come join us as the 5th grade students lead the school community in the Living Rosary on October 27th  at 2:10 p.m. in church.

A Note from Mrs. DaLay

The school community was busy in the month of September!  The students have been doing a great job preparing the liturgies for Mass, we celebrated our first Baptismal blessing, had Blessing of the Bibles for the 6th grade class, and we celebrated our patron saint, St. Gabriel last week at Mass. We even had our parent meeting for the eighth grade classes as they are busy preparing for Confirmation.  A second grade parent Reconciliation meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 pm in church. Please keep the second graders and eighth graders in your prayers as they prepare for these important sacraments.

In October we will be honoring Mary, our Mother, at the Living Rosary on October 27th in the afternoon. Please join us as the 5th grade students lead us in prayer as we honor Mary. Look for a note home in the weekly eblast as time draws near.

Safe Touch Curriculum

As a caring Catholic community and as part of our on-going commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for our children, the Archdiocesan Child Safety Committee has developed a school-based curriculum for grades K-8 that contains practical, helpful information to help children protect themselves from dangers that exist today. 

 

Now that adults who work with children have participated in the “Protecting God’s Children” program, the next step is to equip our students with the skills necessary for them to participate in their own personal physical safety.

 

The objective of this curriculum, entitled “Safe Touch” is to teach our children self-protection skills. Children will learn body safety rules in an age-appropriate and non-threatening manner. The “Safe Touch” curriculum approaches safety issues in a respectful manner, connecting our Catholic values with information to keep our children safe. The curriculum has been update to include technology safety and to provide more information for you as the parent. A letter was sent home this week explaining more of the program. Lessons will be taught in the classroom in the month of October.

For October, we continue to focus on the Catholic Social Teaching of the “Life and Dignity of the Human Person.”

“As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Pope Francis’ intention for October is that all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

Prayer

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life
Amen

 

Mercy in the City-Street Strategies at SLU on Thursday, November 2nd in the Center for Global Citizenship.  Father Greg Boyle, author of Tattoos on the Heart, is the featured speaker. See the link below for information.

https://www.slu.edu/calendar/index.php?eID=3418

 

October Baptismal Birthdays

 

Each month at St. Gabriel School, we take time to celebrate student baptismal months. The students baptized during the month are honored at an All-School Mass and they have the opportunity to renew their baptismal vows.

 

You are invited to celebrate with us at the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Thursday, October 19th, 2017. Due to limited space, we ask that each child bring only 2 guests.

 

Please meet your child in the vestibule of church and join in the entrance procession. You will sit together in the reserved pews in church on the side of the Baptismal font.

 

We hope you are able to join us for this remembrance of your child’s birth into the Catholic Church.

 

Confidential student information is not reported on this web version of the Messengers of Hope. See the parent email for the month for additional details.